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Teamwork extinguishes Kaanapali brush fire

A brush fire mauka of Kaanapali Hillside burned 7 acres and came to about 50 feet of the nearest homes before being doused by firefighters Wednesday afternoon, a fire official said.

The fire on the south end of the development was fully contained at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday with crews still mopping up at 8:30 p.m., said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto.

Firefighters received the call at 4:15 p.m. and were on scene at 4:30 p.m.

There was no damage or evacuations, he said.

Two helicopters and crews from Lahaina, Napili and Wailea and tankers from Lahaina and Kahului, a hazmat unit from Kahului and a battalion chief were called to battle the blaze, Taomoto said. Firefighters received help from Kaanapali Coffee Farms, which provided a bulldozer; West Maui Land Co., which provided a water tanker; and the county Public Works Department, which also provided a tanker.

An investigation was ongoing as to the cause of the fire, Taomoto said.